How To Balance Career & Love?
Everyone strives for work-life balance, but it seems sometimes that in order to have a really great career, you need to sacrifice your personal life. Or vice versa. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. If you pay attention to the choices you make and work to maximize your effectiveness in both work and love, you’ll be wildly successful at both.
#1. Don’t try for balance. Ride the see saw
If your career is important to you, there will be times when you put it ahead of your love. But imagine your life as a teeter-totter with your career on one side and your relationships on the other. (Get your free love astrology horoscope)
Sometimes your job gets more attention, but sometimes the love life does. That way everyone has fun. Plus your partner will more likely forgive a few late nights at the office if they know you’ll make it up with a great romantic weekend.
Wherever you are, be there. When you’re at work, focus on work and get things done. When you’re spending time with your girlfriend or boyfriend, focus on your partner and leave your work behind. If you’re spending work time worrying about your love, your productivity will plummet.
On the other hand, if you’re thinking about work problems or taking customer calls when you’re supposed to be spending quality time with your soul mate, you’ll cheat both of you. Staying focused on the moment will make the best of the time you have. And quality time away from work will make you even more productive when you’re back to it.
#2. Involve your partner in your ambitions
When career is very important to you, let your mate be a part of it. Share your triumphs and challenges. Celebrate your big wins together. Your partner will support your goals when they feel involved. (Get your career horoscope predictions)
Remember also to support your partner’s goals and celebrate their wins the same way. If you try to involve your love in your career and they are just not interested, you might need to find another relationship.
#3. Schedule your priorities
Even if you have a flexible work schedule, there will be times of the day when you’re always at work. We’re good at scheduling our 9-5 time but not so great in the off-hours.
Treat your relationship on the same level as your work and set aside regular time that you always spend with your mate. Once you make it a habit, you’ll be building the kind of strength in your relationship that keeps you going through tough times. (Read here to know what men can learn from women)
#4. Get a long-term perspective
Regardless of how much you want career success, consider how you’ll feel if you win all the accolades possible in your profession, but you end up with no one to share it. Think about why you’re chasing the goals you’ve set for yourself and what will happen when you get there?
If you get to a point where you have to make a choice between a partner and a career, think carefully. If you’re naturally driven by ambition, you’re more likely to find another job than another life partner.
#5. Treat your relationship like a career
When you started in your profession, you needed to learn new skills, practice and prove yourself before you reaped the rewards of your hard work. Treat your relationship the same way. Improve your communication skills and practice them. Prove your commitment.
Learn ways to get more productive so you don’t waste time together doing chores and errands. If you work at getting as skilled at your relationship as you are at your job, you’ll find them both thriving beyond your dreams.
#6. Learn how to de-stress
If your chosen profession is very stressful, it’s important for your love life and your career to learn how to let off steam. Your mate won’t hang out long if you’re always a basket case and if you can’t revitalize after a stressful day, your career will suffer as well. Try proven techniques such as exercise or meditation techniques.
#7. Have patience
If you’re ambitious, you probably have a timeline that marks out dates by which you need to accomplish certain life goals. For example, “become manager by 30th birthday,” or “get married by 25th birthday.
In developing both a terrific career and a fulfilling relationship, you need to have some patience. Artificial time goals place undue stress on your career and your relationship. Keep focused on the long term and let your business life and love life unfold at a natural pace.
It’s impossible to have two first priorities. But you can have one first and a close second. If you want a great career and an amazing love life, you can have them. Just take control of your life and choices and check everything you do against your priorities. If you do, you’ll have success on all levels of life.